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Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen was born in London on 7 May 1946. His parents, who were both teachers and distinguished educators, were part of the East End Jewish community, their parents and/or grandparents having come from eastern Europe. Michael was educated at various state schools in Pinner, Harrow and Watford before going on to begin a medical course at Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After only a year at Middlesex, Michael left and moved to Wadham College, Oxford University, where he initially continued his medical studies before transferring to a degree in English Language and Literature. While at Oxford, Michael was heavily involved in writing, acting in and directing student theatre. In 1974 his first book of poems for children, Mind Your Own Business, was published marking the start of a hugely prolific career as a published writer and poet.

Since 1976, Michael has continued to do a mixture of writing, performing, teaching, lecturing and broadcasting. He regularly visits schools and arts festivals, as well as teaching at London Metropolitan University, working at BBC radio in London and Bristol, and more recently reviewing books and writing articles for The Guardian newspaper in London. In 2007, Michael was appointed the Children's Laureate.

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